Council of Elders Weekly Call to Prayer

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God of love who made us in your own image,
We thank you for the diverse tapestry of your creation.
With the stars, moon, sun, and sky,
We praise you in glory and uncertainty.
With the flowers that bloom with vigor and fragrance,
We strive to live our lives as brilliantly and beautifully as we can.
With the leaves that turn from green to yellow, orange, and red,
We marvel at the stunning power of change.
God, today be with us as we dwell in the tension between peace and conflict,
Love and loss, birth and death.
Grant us opportunities to be your voice of justice and mercy today.
Allow us to notice ways you are present in our world.
Challenge us to find you in difficult people and places.
With the breath between our lips that cools upon entry and warms upon exit,
Bind us together as a global community that works in your name.
As we start our day, we offer these prayers of our hearts:
–          For the tasks of our day and the people in our lives…
–          For Metropolitan Community Churches…
–          For our global community…
God, hold these prayers in your tenderness and grant us assurance
that you are at work within, around, and between us.
Amen.

prayer submitted by

LAUREN BENNETT
MCC Conference Coordiator and Divinity Student at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC


Oh Glorious God – through your manifest Grace we begin this day anew, overflowing with your Divine Love.  We celebrate and give thanks for your Church, that in and with and through MCC we find community, solace, forgiveness and the succor of ultimate acceptance and love. Now filled with Your Spirit, guide us to share that radically inclusive love and acceptance with everyone we encounter today, for while their journey is different, we all share the same path.  Let our example to our fellow sojourners reflect the Gospel of Our Savior, that they may see that Light Immutable that shines in our hearts.  And may you bring us to the end of this day enveloped by that Peace which passes all understanding.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

prayer submitted by

Craig Cranston
Member of King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg, FL USA


God of Justice and Mercy, as we enter this month of Pride celebrations, we are mindful that though we have come a long way, we have a long way to go. We especially give You thanks for those who may have felt marginalized by our own community, including drag queens and leather-people, who were the first to step up and out and made the way for our liberation. We give You thanks for those who gave of their financial resources to give our movement momentum. And we give you thanks for the ordinary TLGB people who marched, made phone calls and in other ways made their presence known and changed history.

During this month, may we remain strong in Your Spirit as we celebrate and remember all of those who have made a way for us out of no way. May Your Justice and Mercy remain ever before us as we continue the struggle for all of Your people. Amen.

prayer submitted by

REV. ELDER DR. CANDACE R. SHULTIS
Senior Pastor, King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
MCC Council of Elders


God of Life,
Jesus, King of Peace,
Holy Spirit, Lord of Dance and Music,

the assassin at the concert in Manchester killed 23 people including himself.

Help us pray.

Comfort everyone who lost their children, relatives, loved ones and friends.
Revive everyone who lost their hope.
Touch everyone who lost their belief in a common future and the means of peace.
Heal everyone who lost their respect for people with religions and life-styles other than their own.

Attacks and bombings often are supposed to kill cultural values as well.

Bless everyone who opened their doors and their hearts in the midst of tears and fears.
Bless everyone who shared money, food, blood, homes and time.
Bless everyone who hold up signs stating “Fear divides, love unites” and “Love for all, hatred for none”.
Bless everyone to understand these actions and words as an encouraging example.

Help us continue to tearing down walls and buliding up hope – for and with people both inside and outside of Europe.

In your many names we pray.
Amen.

prayer submitted by

REV. ELDER INES-PAUL BAUMANN
MCC COUNCIL OF ELDERS


Holy Creator,

We come before you as your beloved children wandering often in a world of uncertainty and chaos, but resting in the assurance you have provided that we do not do this alone for you are always with us. May we each know your peace that fills our souls even when we do not recognize it.

We ask that your Divine Spirit guide us as we walk each day in the knowledge that you will never forsake us and may we be reminded that Jesus walked on this earth and experienced much of the turmoil and suffering that we face. May we live each day by the example that has been given to us through that walk and not become discouraged.

We lift up our churches across this world asking that each may find blessings in sharing together in this movement for inclusivity, empowerment of the disenfranchised and seeing love win out over hate daily. Remind us, as only you can do, that miracles are not just found in the writings of the sacred texts but also in our daily lives as seek your will.

Amen

prayer submitted by

PHIL GRIFFIN
MCC of Topeka, Topeka, KS, Lay Delegate and Co-Coordinator of the MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Program in North America


Most loving and gracious God,

We Your children come here, first and foremost, to say “Thank you” for being our God.
We ask You to go with Your people.

Lift them up, strengthen them, guide them, let them know that as long as they keep You at the center of their heart, You will guide and direct their path.

God, even though the path may seem dark for some of Your children, we pray Your ever-burning light will shine through.

Help them to realize it is just a cloud passing over their horizon, and Your radiant beams of light will once again shine through.

Now God, as we look to Your nation and world, we ask You to wrap your arms around those who have said “Yes” to leading.

Remind them it doesn’t matter if they are leading a small social club or a large nation or country, that their Number One focus should be the uplifting of the people You have put in their charge.

Let them know that together, and with You, we are strong, but separated from You, we shrink to nothing.

Finally, God, be with our Interim Moderator, Senior Leadership Team, Governing Board and Council of Elders as they persevere, for they have been called for a time such as this.

prayer submitted by

BARRY HUNDLEY
City of Light MCC, Co-Coordinator of the MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Program


Wonderful Creator
Standing in the red ochre sand of the Simpson Desert, I hear a song
A song being sung by people all across the globe
I walk in faith towards the singing
To the north, towards the tropics and into Asia and Europe
To the west, towards the coast and across the Indian ocean to Africa and the Middle East
To the south, to the Antarctic winds as they meet the Great Australian Bite
To the east, where the golden sands disappear into the waters of the Pacific Ocean
Open us to this connection
Encourage us to LEAD
Inspire all to sing the song
We pray in your many beautiful names
Amen

prayer submitted by

PJ DWYER
MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship), Coordinator for Australasia


Holy Spirit, we acknowledge Your presence with us always.
We worship You and are grateful for Your wise counsel, Your healing power,
and Your desire for the realm of heaven to be manifest in Your world today.
We lift up Your denomination,
Metropolitan Community Churches,
as we stand in the “tragic gap”[1] of what is and what might be.
Be with us to build communities to sustain ourselves,
to balance us between cynicism on the one side,
and idealistic irrelevancy on the other side,
which border the “tragic gap”.
Lead us in paths of personal integrity,
remembering the words of Isaiah,
which Christ took up as his personal call:
“The Spirit of the Holy is upon me,
because the Holy has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
The Holy has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, . . .
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of God’s favor.”[2] May it be so.[1] See Parker Palmer, http://www.couragerenewal.org/democracyguide/v36/

[2] Luke 4:18-19

prayer submitted by

ELDER NANCY MAXWELL
Convener of the Council of Elders, Co-Coordinator of the MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Program